Things to do in the North East with the kids in May half term
Children can be a demanding bunch so it’s important to have a variety of options available to ensure they’ll never be bored this half term. So to help make your task easier, we’ve put together a list of some of the North East’s best days out for you and your little ones this half term.
The Forbidden Corner, Coverham
Do your children have a taste for adventure and mystery? If so, they’ll love the Forbidden Corner. With a labyrinth of mysterious characters, mind-bending sculptures and logic-defying puzzles, there’s plenty to entertain both adults and children alike. Now the Forbidden Corner is mostly outside, meaning this is one for a sunny day.
Raby Castle is a great day out if your kids love history. This is one of the country’s best castles and it has plenty to entertain the kids as well with a ride-on train and a woodland play area. The cafe is great as well, so there’s no need to bring your own food.
This is one for both young and older visitors alike; who doesn’t love steam trains? This charming heritage railway gives you the chance to relax in old fashioned style as it meanders its way through the North Yorkshire countryside, offering fantastic views of a beautiful part of the country. The train also has links to Grosmont and the seaside town of Whitby.
Cragside is one of the National Trust’s best-kept secrets. Built in the Victorian period at the behest of Lord William Armstrong, it’s got some fantastic gardens as well as being a beautiful house, so there’s plenty for everyone. It can get busy during the holidays, however, so keep that in mind.
Do your children love TV? What could be more perfect than giving them the chance to have a peek behind the curtain with a tour of the BBC studios where they’ll get a chance at making their own show? Tickets can be bought online up to the night before your tour.
It can be hard these days to get kids out and about, taking them away from their screens and getting them active. A day out to Hadrian’s Wall is a great chance to show your children a fascinating piece of history, while also getting them up off the sofa. There can be a bit of walking involved on a day out to Hadrian’s Wall, so maybe save this one for a sunny day.
If sightseeing is more your cup of tea, then this is the perfect chance to see some of the North East’s best sights. The tour bus runs from North Shields to Whitley Bay and operates on a hop-on, hop-off fashion. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) will only cost £8.
Beamish museum is a great day out for everyone. It’s an open-air museum providing a great example of what life was like in a typical English town from the 1800s and early 1900s. From old fashioned sweet shops, a farm with live animals and a fairground, there’s plenty that’s sure to enrapture your children’s imaginations.
If you want to give your children a memory they’ll treasure forever, then a trip to Kielder Observatory is perfect. At night, Kielder offers some of the clearest views of the stars that can be found in the entire UK. Guided stargazing can be organised online. This the perfect way to entertain your kids this half term.